Jenny Volumizing: Pepperoni Pizza Fantastico

I’ve been raving about the new Jenny Craig foods for the past few weeks on Instagram and here on the ol’ blog.  They’re just THAT good!

The dish I’ve grown the most attached to is the new pizza.  Just when I thought I couldn’t love a pizza more than the former Rising Crust Pizza, Jenny introduced the new Pepperoni and Margherita lunch pizzas.

In true NTTC fashion, I’ve figured out a way to transform this awesome pizza into an even more amazing version of itself.

Pepperoni Pizza Fantastico | No Thanks to Cake

I’ve always believed in baking frozen pizzas over nuking them in the microwave.  Seriously, take the extra time and dirty a baking pan… it’s worth it every time.  The “FANTASTICO” comes from the fact that this pizza is so delicious, it doesn’t taste as thought it’s a healthier version of anything…

Note:  I’ll also add that this recipe can be applied any of your favorite frozen pizzas, adjusting the baking time as needed to melt all the cheese and brown the crust.  

Pepperoni Pizza Fantastico

Serves 1

INGREDIENTS

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1 package Jenny Craig Pepperoni Pizza

1 wedge Laughing Cow Cheese – Garlic & Herb flavor

diced onions

shredded spinach

banana peppers

diced tomatoes

Williams-Sonoma Pizza Seasoning

INSTRUCTIONS

1.  Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

2.  Remove pizza from the packaging and place on a pizza pan.  Spread with one wedge Laughing Cow Cheese.

Pepperoni Pizza Fantastico | No Thanks to Cake

3.  Layer with your favorite toppings: diced onions, banana peppers, diced tomatoes, and shredded spinach.

Pepperoni Pizza Fantastico | No Thanks to Cake

Pepperoni Pizza Fantastico | No Thanks to Cake

Pepperoni Pizza Fantastico | No Thanks to Cake

4.  Bake at 400 degrees for 14 minutes until pizza is golden brown along the edges.

Pepperoni Pizza Fantastico | No Thanks to Cake

5.  Remove to a cutting board to cool.  Slice and serve!

Pepperoni Pizza Fantastico | No Thanks to Cake

Enjoy!!!

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Girls Getaway in the Mountains

March 2nd marked my SEVEN year anniversary of living in Colorado… and for those of you in Tennessee, can you believe it??  It seems like just yesterday that I packed up all my essentials and moved across country!  Seven years later, I am so happy I made the decision to move!

Now, even though I’ve lived here for that long… I finally did something that is VERY Colorado for the first time.

I finally went to the mountains in the winter!

Winter Park | No Thanks to Cake

Now, I’ve spent a bit of time up in the high country during the summer… but I’m not a skier or snowboarder, and I’m not the best driver in the snow and ice… so I never quite made it up there until this weekend!

Winter Park | No Thanks to Cake

When Kristen invited a group of girls to her dad’s condo in Winter Park, I couldn’t resist joining in!  I met Kristen through my friend Tiffany, and I just love her positive spirit!  She’s a native Colorado girl… so who better to serve as tour guide to this Southerner’s first trip up!

Winter Park | No Thanks to Cake

We ended up being a party of 4 – Kristen, Tiffany, and Ashley (who I just met for the first time this weekend!)

Girls' Weekend | No Thanks to Cake

We drove up to Winter Park on Saturday morning.  After unloading our stuff in the condo, we headed to The Village for lunch.  Kristen introduced us to our first ride on a people mover.  It is sort of like a lift, yet just moves you from parking lot to the village.

Winter Park | No Thanks to Cake

While there are Cheeky Monk locations in Denver, I had never been and we were all craving a hot meal on such a cold, cold day, especially after the windy ride in the people mover!  I settled on a Blackened Chicken Pita Wrap with a salad instead of fries.  So good!!!

Cheeky Monk Winter Park | No Thanks to Cake

Afterward, we walked around the Village popping into souvenir shops and visiting along the way.  The snow was coming down, but we didn’t let that slow us down!

Winter Park | No Thanks to Cake

Winter Park | No Thanks to Cake

We initially had great aspirations of going snowshoeing and playing in the snow, but when we were done with lunch and shopping, all we really wanted to do was head back to the condo and curl up on the leather couches in front of the fireplace.

This was my view for the next few hours… curled up under a down blanket.  We watched a movie, and some of us (me) took a nap.

Winter Park | No Thanks to Cake

Later that night, Kristen took us to her favorite pizza place for dinner – Hernando’s.  Such a fun little place with great pizza!  It’s been a while since I had real-deal pizza… so good!

Hernandos Pizza | No Thanks to Cake

Afterward, we went back to the condo, back to the fireplace, and opened a bottle of wine.  We snacked on green velvet angel food cake, and we found a fun game to play in the condo.  Have you ever played Table Topics?

Table Topics | No Thanks to Cake

It’s supposed to be a conversation starter, but we had so many fun answering questions that we did this for hours!  Here are some examples of what questions in the box look like.

Table Topics | No Thanks to Cake

It was so fun getting to know these girls better and JUST RELAXING a little on a Saturday night.  What a great way to re-energize after a huge work week!

Winter Park | No Thanks to Cake

We ended up grabbing a quick breakfast and heading home in the morning, so as to avoid crazy ski traffic.  Overall, I had a blast… and I know a little more what to expect next time I’m up there.  It also makes me want to spend more time up in the mountains and to see more beautiful places like this!

Thanks, Kristen, Tiffany, and Ashley, for a wonderful weekend… I look forward to spending time with you guys again very soon!  xoxo

Have you ever spent the weekend in the mountains?  What’s your favorite thing to do while there?

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Creamed Spinach Veggie Grands Pizza

I’ve been talking about making this dish for WEEKS.  It’s one of those old time favorites that I remember making with my friend Jen.  I think the original idea for the crust came from Pillsbury themselves, maybe from a magazine or the Sunday coupon flier.

Wherever it originated, I am so glad we found it!

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When I lived with Jen way back when, this used to be one of our staples.  Because… what makes a better pizza than a can of Grands and a package of creamed spinach.  I can’t think of anything… and it was always fun to load the little pizza up with whatever we had in the fridge.

It was always delish, regardless of the toppings, but making it with creamed spinach (or creamed spin, as we called it) made for the BEST Grands pizzas ever… TRY THEM!

Creamed Spinach and Veggie Grands Pizza

Serves 1

INGREDIENTS

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1 Golden Wheat Reduced Fat Grands Biscuit

1/3 cup creamed spinach

2 cloves garlic

3 black olives

1/2 roma tomato, diced

2 broccoli florets diced

2 Tbsp. shredded mozzarella

INSTRUCTIONS

1.  Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.

2.  Roll out your Grands biscuit with a rolling pin, and move it to a baking sheet.

Creamed Spinach and Veggie Grands Pizza | No Thanks to Cake

Creamed Spinach and Veggie Grands Pizza | No Thanks to Cake

3.  Prepare your creamed spinach in the microwave per the package instructions.

Creamed Spinach and Veggie Grands Pizza | No Thanks to Cake

4.  Measure out 1/3 cup of creamed spinach and spread it on the Grand.

Creamed Spinach and Veggie Grands Pizza | No Thanks to Cake

Creamed Spinach and Veggie Grands Pizza | No Thanks to Cake

5.  Top with veggies.

Creamed Spinach and Veggie Grands Pizza | No Thanks to Cake

Creamed Spinach and Veggie Grands Pizza | No Thanks to Cake

6.  Add the cheese, and top with olives.  Sprinkle with crushed red pepper, if you like it spicy!

Creamed Spinach and Veggie Grands Pizza | No Thanks to Cake

7.  Bake pizza for 10-13 minutes, or until pizza is browned.

Creamed Spinach and Veggie Grands Pizza | No Thanks to Cake

8.  Slice your pizza and get ready to be amazed…

Creamed Spinach and Veggie Grands Pizza | No Thanks to Cake

Creamed Spinach and Veggie Grands Pizza | No Thanks to Cake

Creamed Spinach and Veggie Grands Pizza | No Thanks to Cake

Per entire recipe:

CAL 275; CARB 37g; FAT 12g; PROT 9g; FIB 3g; WW Points: 8

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Heirloom Tomato-Kale Lavash Pizza

One thing I noticed when I was in Chicago was the types of foods that were lingering about.

Hot dog restaurants, decadent deep dish pizzas, big sloppy sandwiches…

I only ate one of the three… which came in the form of a Spinach-broccoli deep dish pie, but seeing all the high-calorie establishments had a positive impact on me… catapulting me back into my healthy eating as soon as I hit the ground back in Denver and inspiring me to make a healthier version of this crazy Chicago cuisine.

I went to my favorite little grocery store – Sprouts – to pick up a few ingredients for dinner.  I had time to linger about, and before I knew it, I found myself in the bread department.

PS… I never go to the bread department.

But, I had an idea to whip up a clever healthy pizza.  There were so many options to use for the crust.  Pitas?  Tortillas?  Cute Flatbreads?  Naan?  But, what I went with was…

I had never tried this bread, but it looks perfect for a pizza.  Super thin, and wrap-like, with and seemed BIG.  And, if there’s one thing I enjoy, it’s a plentiful pizza.

What is Lavash?  It’s a super-thin Armenian flatbread.  From my quick research, it sounds like it’s fired very similar to naan bread, but tastes more like a thin cracker of a bread.

The combination of kale and heirloom tomatoes was AWESOME.  I’m thinking I would have liked even more garlic on the pizza and the next time I’ll throw some roasted garlic on it as well.  I loved the way the kale cooked up, and the freshness of the tomatoes.  DELISH!

Heirloom Tomato-Kale Lavash Pizza

Serves 1

INGREDIENTS

1 lavash bread (or whole wheat pita)
1 heirloom tomato, thinly sliced
1 tsp. EVOO (I used basil EVOO)
1/4 shallot, thinly sliced
1/2 cup kale, thinly sliced
garlic salt
crushed red pepper flakes
cooking spray
INSTRUCTIONS

1.  Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

2.  Spray a cooking sheet with cooking spray and add your lavash.  Top with 1 tsp. of olive oil and spread with a brush to coat evenly.

3.  Add thinly sliced shallots and tomatoes.

4.  Add your kale and top with sliced mozzarella.  Note:  I only had the tiny snacking mozzarellas, so I used 1 1/2 of them on top of my pizza.  You can use 1 1/2 oz. of cheese instead, if you have a larger piece of mozzarella handy.

5.  Sprinkle lightly with garlic salt and crushed red pepper flakes, if desired.  Bake at 400 degrees for 13-15 minutes until the crust is crispy.

6.  Remove to a cutting board and slice.

7.  Serve and enjoy!

Per entire recipe serving:

CAL 299; CARB 24g; FAT 12g; PROT 5g; FIB 1g; WW Points Plus: 6

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